Events and Campaigns

Events and Campaigns

Kinship Center hosts events and campaigns year round, offering community members the opportunity to get involved with our work and help us support the children and families in our community who need it most. Check out this page to see learn about some of our upcoming events and campaigns! For more information about anything we have going on, email Doreen Luke, Director of Development, at doreen_luke@senecacenter.org.

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Win a Car, Help a Child

You can win this car in a drawing at this year's Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance® (need not be present to win)! Click here to reserve drawing tickets. You can also reserve tickets by leaving a voicemail at (831) 455-4725 or emailing cencodevelopment@senecacenter.org. The winner will be announced at the event on Sunday, August 15th.

Thank you Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance® for selecting Kinship Center to participate in this charity drawing for the 22nd year! It is an honor to be an exclusive partner with INFINITI.

This event provides critical funding to our foster care, adoption, relative caregiver, mental health, and other important child and family services.

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Change Happens Together, August 9th

The Change Happens Together Summer auction will be live from August 9th through August 12th! Funds raised from this auction will support Kinship Center’s animal-assisted therapy program, teaching youth how to train dogs in basic skills, manners and socialization, helping the dogs get ready for adoption. Brand partners get great exposure to a new local audience while also contributing to a good cause! Join our auction as a brand partner by donating an auction item.

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Pick it Up, Pay it Forward

We're grateful to partner again with Coastal Roots Hospitality for another Pick it Up, Pay it Forward campaign! Now through August 31st, pick up a meal from Tarpy's or Rio Grill to have 10% of the meal cost donated to Kinship Center, supporting our foster care, adoption, relative caregiver, children's mental health, and other important community programs and services.

You can also purchase drawing tickets at these locations for a 2022 INFINITI QX50 LUXE AWD that will be given away in a drawing at Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance® on Sunday, August 15th! 100% of proceeds benefit Kinship Center. Whether you're dining in or picking up, make sure to ask about buying a drawing ticket! Support local businesses, help children in foster care, and win a new car all at once!

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Children First Gala: October 9th, 2021

We are excited to announce our Children First annual gala, presented by Chevron, Bank of America, and Synergy One Lending—Team Hawk. is planned for Saturday, October 9th, 2021! Stay tuned to Kinship Center's emails, social media posts, and mailings for updates. For information regarding sponsorships or how to get involved with the event contact Doreen Luke: doreen_luke@senecacenter.org.

Our sincerest gratitude to our event sponsors!

To see photos from 2019, click here.

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Gabilan Chapter Kinship Center

Gabilan Chapter is a volunteer auxiliary group whose mission is to raise funds and support Kinship Center’s services in San Benito County. The Chapter has a long and distinguished history of service to adoption and child welfare. From 1956 to 1989, the chapter (then known as El Torillo Chapter) provided services and support to Children’s Home Society. In 1989, the members voted to change their affiliation to Kinship Center to see more of their fundraising efforts supporting local families. Gabilan Chapter has had several generations of volunteers and is proud that some of their Associates and Active Privileged members were part of the original chapter. Every year, they hold the Gabilan Wine & Food Tasting at the beautiful and historic Paicines Ranch in south San Benito County. This is advertised as California’s oldest wine tasting event and features more than 25 regional wineries and more than 25 local restaurants. Since the first event held in 1957, this fundraiser has grown from one winery and homemade hors d’oeuvres to San Benito County’s largest cultural event of its kind.

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Jeff Davi Fund

To honor Jeff Davi’s leadership and dedication to Kinship Center, we established the Jeff Davi Fund. This fund will support our Central Coast foster care and adoption services in honor of Jeff’s passion for ensuring every child in our community is safe and in a loving and secure home.

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ROBIN DETTERMAN

Robin Detterman serves as Seneca’s Chief Program Officer of Educational Services where she provides leadership for the agency’s continuum of district and charter partnerships and five non-public schools, serving over 100 districts and schools in California and Washington State each year. Ms. Detterman started working at Seneca in 2005, and her experience asa special education teacher and administrator informs her current role. In this role, she supports Seneca’s education teams in the development and implementation of high quality, individualized services for students who need additional support at school while working to transform whole schools and school systems into places where all students are welcomed and can thrive. Ms. Detterman holds a MA degree in Special Education and is a graduate of Stanford University, where she earned a Masters degree in Education Policy and Organizational Leadership. She is the co-author of Unconditional Education: Supporting Schools to Serve All Students (Oxford University Press, 2019).


NATHANIEL FOSTER

Nathaniel Foster is the Chief Advancement Officer of Seneca Family of Agencies. His focus is on development, fundraising, venture philanthropy, marketing and branding for the whole organization. Nathaniel came to Seneca with a clarity and depth of fundraising knowledge that has accelerated our overall efforts. Nathaniel graduated from the University of Denver with a BS in business and also has his Master’s in Nonprofit Leadership from Seattle University. He has over a decade of experience in the non-profit development & management world, working with local, national, and international organizations. Previously Nathaniel was the Executive Director of Playworks, anonprofit that serves over 700,000 children every school day, concentrating on conflict resolution, leadership skills, emotional intelligence and increased physical activity for elementary schools throughout the country. Before that, he was the Chief Development & Marketing Officer at Lincoln, formerly Lincoln Child Center. He has spent his entire nonprofit career in development, fundraising, board development, venture philanthropy, and communications and is very excited to be working with an organization as wonderful as Seneca Family of Agencies. In addition, he was co-chair for the Oakland Quality Community Schools Committee, currently sits on two for-profit boards, and is a member of the San Francisco Chapter of the Private Asset Liaison Group


MICHAEL ALONSO

Michael Alonso is the Chief Information Officer for Seneca Family of Agencies. Since joining Seneca in 2003, he has provided leadership for all technology related operations throughout the organization. He is responsible for IT strategy and vision as well as oversight for the teams that create and maintain a robust information technology environment in addition to the teams that develop, deliver and support innovative applications specifically created for Seneca’s unique blend of services.Michael is passionate about designing and producing creatively unique solutions to increase efficiency and improve service delivery and is personally involved to a significant degree in Seneca’s application development process. In addition to internally-focused activities, Michael engages with organizations at the county, state and federal levels to represent the technology-related interests and perspective of both Seneca and the broader community of behavioral health providers. These organizations includecounties, other behavioral health providers, state advocacy groups and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONCHIT). Before coming to Seneca, Michael worked in the custom software industry, developing applications tailored for a wide variety of companies representing numerous industries such as healthcare, retail, technology, non-profit and more. During this time, he took an interest not just in the software development process, but also in the broader perspective of organization-wide information technology environments. Michael holds a B.S. in Computer Science from CSU Hayward (now CSU East Bay)

JANET BRIGGS

Janet Briggs, Chief Financial Officer of Seneca Family of Agencies, began her endeavor in finance by achieving her bachelors’ degree in Business Economics with an Accounting Emphasis from the University of California Santa Barbara. Janet began her career in Public Accounting working in various industries gaining extensive experience in accounting and business management and then specializing in providing audit and accounting services for various not for profit social service agencies as a CPA. Her in-depth understanding of accounting issues and regulations unique to not for profit agencies has distinguished Janet as a knowledgeable source and leader for this company. Since coming to Seneca in 2002, Janet has supervised and trained an ever-growing accounting staff on various accounting policies and procedures pertaining to Seneca programs. Not only does she review and monitor numerous county and state contracts, Janet also oversees all fiscal activity for over 150 programs in 20 different counties. Attending monthly fiscal program meetings, Janet is dedicated to effectively communicating with directors and managing the financial integrity of Seneca. In an effort to constantly improve practice and management skills, Janet regularly attends conferences and trainings specific to her role at Seneca. In addition to her successes here at Seneca Family of Agencies, Janet also is a mother to two wonderful boys.


KEN BERRICK

Ken Berrick is the founder and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Emeritus of Seneca Family of Agencies, a nonprofit agency dedicated to providing Unconditional Care to children and families through comprehensive mental health, education, juvenile justice, placement and permanency services. Since its founding in 1985, Seneca has developed innovative programs ranging from Wraparound and Intensive Treatment Foster Care, to integrated mental health services in schools, and a crisis continuum of care for youth and their families. Mr. Berrick is Governor-appointed Commissioner on the Mental Health Services Oversight and Accountability Commission. He is also a Governor’s Appointee on the California Child Welfare Council, where he co-chairs the Behavioral Health Committee, tasked with developing best practice recommendations to guide policy and inform statewide efforts to effectively address the behavioral health needs of children involved in or at risk of involvement in the child welfare system. Mr. Berrick is a two-time former President of the California Alliance of Child and Family Services and serves on numerous policy planning groups in California at both the county and state-level. He is an elected member and Past-President of the Alameda County Board of Education, and Past-President of the California County Boards of Education. In 2014, he was recognized by California Mental Health Advocates for Children and Youth as Advocate of the Year. In 2017, he was a recipient of the James Irvine Foundation Leadership Award, and in 2021, a recipient of the Jefferson Bronze Award. He is co-author of the books, Unconditional Care: Relationship-Based, Behavioral Intervention with Vulnerable Children and Families (Oxford University Press, 2010), and Unconditional Education (Oxford University Press, 2019).

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LETICIA GALYEAN

Leticia Galyean is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Seneca Family of Agencies, a nonprofit agency dedicated to providing Unconditional Care to youth and their families throughout California and Washington State. She received both her Bachelor’s degree and Masters of Social Work from the University of California, Berkeley.

Leticia began her career with Seneca in 2001 as a Wraparound counselor inspired by the passionate belief that the effects of childhood trauma should be patiently and persistently supported in the context of family and community. Throughout her tenure at Seneca, Leticia has served as Program Director; Regional Executive Director; Executive Director of Data, Evaluation, and Strategic Initiatives; and Chief Operating Officer.

She has developed, led, and evaluated numerous programs across the Bay Area and Central Coast, assisting youth and their families to meet their behavioral health, academic, and permanency goals. Leticia is a frequent presenter at national conferences on Seneca’s Unconditional Care treatment model and behavioral health interventions. As CEO, Leticia oversees all aspects of Seneca including 150+ programs, with 1,400+ employees, serving 18,000+ youth and their families, annually.

She has served as a member of several policy development groups in California at both the county and state-level. Leticia also serves as an active member of the California Alliance for Child & Family Services, California Council of Community Behavioral Health Agencies, the Alliance for Strong Families and Communities, and is a Board member of SOAR for Youth. From the time she was a counselor through her entire tenure at Seneca, Leticia has led with the vision to strengthen the larger systems of care for our most vulnerable youth and their families.